Have we fallen in love with our tech?

You love your smartphone. You continually check for new e-mail messages. A significant part of your day consists of downloading your favorite TV shows to your tablet. But how important is technology to your life? Do you feel it’s more useful than sex? If you do, it’s not just you. A new survey by Harris Interactive says that more adults would prefer to do without sex than would prefer to live without their tech .

More tech please!

The Harris survey provides an interesting look at what U.S. residents consider indispensable today. As reported by the survey, 73 percent of respondents say they couldn’t live without food. That was the top answer, to no one’s surprise. Coming in second — with 42 percent of adults saying they can’t live without them — are cars. But the third, fourth, fifth and sixth top answers all had to do with technology. Only after citing these tech gadgets did respondents get to sex.

The list

According to the survey, 20 percent of U.S. adults said that they could not live without sex. That trailed the percentage who said that they couldn’t live without television (23 percent), their computers or laptops (24 percent), mobile phones (26 percent) and Internet access (28 percent).

What’s it mean?

What does the Harris survey mean? To some it means that technology has become an important part of our lives, connecting us to our friends, family, entertainment, information and news. To others, it indicates that tech has seized way too much of our lives, cutting us out of what used to be considered normal human interaction. The question is, how do you view the results? And just how dependent are you on Internet access and your mobile devices?